The Northman

The Northman ★★★★½

Does a Robert Eggers historical revenge epic sound like a good time to you? then this will be right up your alley. Yes, Eggers might not be bringing any new fans to his corner with this sprawling, dark take on the Scandinavian legend, but for me, it was one of the best experiences I’ve had in a movie theater this year.
Great visuals are a given at this point with Eggers, but they’re still worth mentioning. His camera always feels like it has a life on its own, aggressively adding energy when it needs to and slowing to a halt when the scene requires. It’s a testament to his directorial abilities that such a noticeable technique never distracts, only enhances. 
Every performance was top-notch but I have to give kudos to Kidman, who gives by far one of the best performances of her career here. So much talk about Being the Ricardos while her actual awards-worthy performance was just around the corner. 
Message might not be as clear as some would wish with the themes this film plays with, but I felt it was intentional; Eggers twists the typical revenge narrative in such a way that kept it fresh despite being a familiar story. 
Loved it, and I have a feeling this might even grow on me. Just thinking about it while writing this has made me anxious to revisit it. 

I might even like it more than The Witch and The Lighthouse!

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